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Drug and Alcohol Treatment

According to statistics gathered about drug treatment needs in the year 2009, approximately 23.5 million individuals in the United States aged 12 and up probably needed professional drug or alcohol addiction treatment. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, which published those numbers, also noted that only about 2.6 million people sought such treatment. That means that more than 90 percent of people went without treatment for their addiction during that year.

While education, prevention and awareness programs in the ensuing years have made it more likely some people might seek treatment if they are dependent on substances, this is still a very real divide in the nation. People may not seek help with their addiction or chemical dependence for many reasons, including the fact that they might:

  • Feel ashamed or be afraid that they'll be judged.
  • Be worried about the professional, social, family or legal consequences associated with admitting a drug or alcohol problem.
  • Be frightened about what may or may not happen to them in treatment because they see it as an unknown.
  • Be worried about covering the costs of treatment.

If you are dealing with drug and alcohol addiction, don't let these things stop you from making a call today. You don't have to worry about being judged – we are here to help you get back to sobriety, not judge you for whatever led you to use. Our admissions counselors are available right now via online chat or phone at (877) 392-3342 to answer your call.

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Signs of Drug and Alcohol Addiction or Abuse

How can you tell the difference between having a few drinks with your friends – or experimenting one time with recreational drugs – and an addiction? One big clue that you might be addicted is that you can't say no to drugs or alcohol. If you're a social drinker, you can usually walk away from an offered drink if it's simply not the right time for you to have one. Other signs that you or someone you love might be addicted to or abusing alcohol or drugs include:

  • Loss of interest in activities, hobbies, people or items that used to be favorites
  • Spending increasing amounts of time alone
  • Sudden changes in social structures, such as dropping old friends for new friends without obvious reasons
  • Poor self-care, which might include not bathing or brushing teeth
  • Mood swings
  • Feelings of extended sadness or depression
  • Feeling fatigued and tired
  • Increased nervousness or anxiety
  • Changes in sleeping patterns
  • Irresponsible behavior that might include spending too much money, losing money, not paying bills, missing appointments or not handling school or professional work responsibilities
  • Changes in appetite

Any one of these symptoms – or even several of these symptoms – doesn't necessarily mean you're addicted to a substance. If you're feeling these symptoms, though, it's important to reach out and talk to someone, as they could be related to serious physical health concerns. If you're feeling these symptoms and you know you've had your fair share of alcohol or drugs lately, that raises the chances you're developing a dependence. It's never too early – and never too late – to make a phone call and ask for help to stop the cycle.

We Help You Step Away from Addiction to a Variety of Substances

At The Treatment Center, we work with individuals who have become addicted or dependent to a variety of substances. Whether you're unable to stop using prescription pain pills or you have ventured into illegal drugs such as heroin or cocaine, we're here to help you find a safe path to sobriety.

We know that many times, our potential patients compare themselves to others. Someone who is struggling with drinking might not think he has as much need for treatment as someone who is stealing things to pay for a heroin habit. Someone who was prescribed prescription painkillers by her doctor and is now suffering from withdrawal symptoms might not believe she has a place in the same facility as a long-time drug user who has experimented with almost everything on the market – and the long-time drug user might feel the same way about the woman struggling with pills.

We understand the truth that drug addictions are just like the people they afflict: they are unique problems that can't be solved with a one-size-fits-all approach. That's why we take time to stay educated about all types of drugs and addictive substances, along with recognized and proven treatment methods for them. No matter what type of drug you're abusing, know that we have the knowledge and understanding that can help you – and you might be surprised what you can learn from others who are going through the addiction cycle too. That's one reason group therapy is such a critical part of many successful treatment programs.

If you are addicted to or struggling with any of the following substances, we can help:

Each of those substances comes with its own struggle, but one thing that all our patients have in common is that they are seeking a better, sober life.

Why is Inpatient Addiction Treatment a Good Idea?

Many people want to avoid disrupting their lifestyle to seek substance abuse treatment or detox. While it's admirable that you want to continue with your life, work or family, that could actually be one of the major things that is keeping you from a solid recovery foundation. Inpatient addiction treatment lets you remove yourself from the situation temporarily. That means removing yourself from triggers, stressors and environmental factors that could be increasing your addiction or making it hard to quit.

Inpatient facilities also let you place yourself in the care of trained professionals night and day. This doesn't mean completely giving up control – behavioral and medical staff want to work with you so you can gain control over your life again. 

If you are struggling with a drug known for intense and uncomfortable withdrawals, then inpatient staff can help you manage those symptoms. You might work with medical doctors who provide prescription medication that keeps withdrawal symptoms at bay while your body gets used to lower and lower amounts of drugs in its system. While some of these steps can be taken in outpatient contexts, they are not always as comprehensive as when handled in an inpatient treatment center.

If you are wondering what type of treatment options might be right for you, call us at (877) 392-3342 today. A phone call doesn't commit you to a stay in any facility, but it does let you talk to someone who can explain your options and help you understand what steps you can take to seek sobriety.

Substance Abuse Treatment Isn't Just About Detox

When talking about substance abuse options, many people think solely of detox. They have an idea of treatment that involves detoxing medically until their body is no longer physically dependent and then they return to their lives – some people believe this might take only a few days.

In reality, detox is just the first step in the addiction treatment process. Detox treats the symptoms of drug addiction, not the cause. It helps your body overcome its physical need to have the drug in the system constantly, but it does not address your mental or emotional need to take drugs.

During treatment in an inpatient program, you will work with counselors and others to discover the root causes behind your drinking or using. Once you uncover those causes – sometimes referred to as triggers – you can work on developing coping mechanisms for dealing with these causes without drinking or using drugs.

Long-Term Addiction Treatment Options and Why You Should Take Them

Addiction therapy isn't a one-and-done treatment or a fast-track to sobriety. We're not going to tell you it will be easy, but we can ensure that caring professionals will be by your side helping you every step of the way. If you have the option to take a long-term path to addiction treatment, consider doing so. Long-term paths don't mean you're in a facility forever. It means you make a commitment to long-term treatment, starting with inpatient and ultimately ending up in aftercare with individual or group therapy.

For more information about addiction therapy options, call us today at (877) 392-3342.

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